If you’re a healthy bariatric foodie like me then you are going to love my Morning Coffee Vegan Protein Shake. It’s a bariatric recipe that any health foodie will want to save to Pinterest, whether or not they’ve had weight loss surgery!
Even if you aren’t a vegetarian, a daily vegan protein shake or green juice is a good way to start your morning. As bariatric surgery patients, we are constantly told protein protein protein! And while high protein is a good thing, we absolutely need a diversity of nutrients in our diet, and lots of them, for a healthy gut microbiome and to keep our weight stable!
In my product review of Garden of Life Organic protein powder I showed how it’s unique formulation of amino acids and protein help to address some of the dietary needs of the post-bariatric vegetarian. And it is possible to go vegan or vegetarian after weight loss surgery and meet our unique dietary requirements (read Eating a Vegetarian Diet after Bariatric Surgery). So here is one such vegan bariatric recipe for you to enjoy. As they say, the proof is in the pudding. In this case it is in the protein shake. Enjoy!
Morning Coffee Vegan Protein Shake
6-oz Chameleon Organic Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
2-TBS Trader Joe’s Light Coconut Milk (canned)
10-oz Goya Roasted Coconut Water
2 tsp. Whole Psyllium Husk (steam-treated non-irridiated)
Spring water, about 4 oz
Add all the ingredients except Spring water into a shaker bottle with roller ball, cap it tightly and shake well. Open the mouthpiece and fill the bottle to the top with the Spring or filtered water. Shake again and enjoy!
Coffee is one of the dirty dozen foods loaded with chemicals, so you’ll want to be sure to use only organic coffee concentrate. I buy Chameleon at my local health food store but you can order it from the product website http://shop.chameleoncoldbrew.com.
Along this same line, Trader Joe’s is the only brand of coconut milk that I have found does not contain preservatives or chemical additives. It is 100% coconut and that’s it. Regrettably, as of yet I have not found coconut water that has no chemical additives. However, my Morning Coffee Vegan Protein Shake can be made with Spring or filtered water in lieu of the roasted coconut water; you likely will need to add a little stevia to sweeten the shake if you go this route.
Whole psyllium husk and probiotics both are valuable supplements for digestive health!
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life